It’s been 84 years.

Amiibo, Collecting, Figures, Game Music, Gaming, Nintendo, Totaku

Not quite 84 years, but if you told me it had been 84 weeks since my last post I would not be surprised, while life has been busy (ok, it is mostly me going squirrel and not staying on track) I have continued to be on top of amiibo releases which sadly, for the time being, appears to have concluded. Perhaps Totaku will fill that void but I am still waiting on figures I pre-ordered 6 months ago to show up at my local store so that has been a frustrating experience.

In my absence from posting, I was busy completely redoing the audio stream server and thankfully it has remained stable for a couple months now. This is currently handled by an audio server-specific distro on the Raspberry PI which was prompted by my interest in using low powered computers as servers instead of the Power Edge servers I had been using previously which generated tons of heat, noise and had high electric consumption.

Similarly, I am using another PI to run both Pi-hole and to seed torrents released by The 16-bit Audiophile Project (which you should check out). I have even moved any locally stored videos we stream via Infuse on our Apple TVs to a hard drive connected to our wireless internet router and surprisingly with the ATV hard-wired (gigabit network) they are able to stream 4K movies as large as 60-80 gigs flawlessly.

On the gaming side of things I am behind on the latest WOW patch, 2 expansions behind on Destiny 2 and still have not completed the current DLC for Forza Horizon 4. Doh… I am however enjoying Dragon Quest XI a lot and just started digging into Animal Crossing New Horizons. There is always way too much to play and not enough time dedicated to actually enjoying them, something I have improved so far this year but I still find myself constantly behind.

In the coming months with our daughter moving off to college, we will be shuffling some rooms around a bit to relocate our game room to a larger room in the house, as that happens I will be posting lots of pictures of the new setup.

Random acquisitions!

Collecting, MMO, Nintendo, Sega, Sony

Finally an update both on what I have acquired recently as well as what I have been playing which isn’t much as I have been out of town for a week and have been busy with multiple projects. Here are some pictures of games I have picked up in the last few months, all taken with my brand new Sony A6400 camera which despite my terrible photography skills is amazing. For the most part I have been utilizing it for video on other hobby projects but I do plan to take more photos to help round out my ability with the camera.

Super Mario Maker 2 really needs no introduction as the second game in the amazing series, tons of new features have been introduced (still no Mario 2 mechanics!).

I would like to see them add Mario 2 mechanics as well as the Game Boy games to the series, maybe something we will get in DLC or the next iteration?
Back in The Groove is a sequel to the cult classic series on the Sega Genesis, I have not had the chance to play this one yet but it looks to follow the spirit of the original so should be good fun.
This was on sale through Amazon for $14.99 and while I have yet to play my brother seems to be enjoying the game!
Another on sell grab at $19.99!
As a fan of cart racers this was a must pre-order, I have put about 1-2 hours into it and while it is clearly a remake of an older game (engine feel and all) they did a fantastic job in sprucing up the graphics. Lots of fun!
Another cart racer but this being an original release it is not bound by some of the oddities of the above from an engine/mechanics standpoint. I am also 1-2 hours into this one and am enjoying the team work mechanics the game introduces, being able to hand off power ups or otherwise play interference for team mates ads an interesting twist to the cart racer genre.

Of course I have been playing other games, the usual suspect World of Warcraft is still in my top played list as well as the amazingly well done 198X and Forza Horizon 4 to round things out.

The latest patch has brought new life back into the game, the new island which is reminiscent of the Timeless Isle from Mists of Pandaria has been lost of fun so far.
A teenage coming of age story centered around 80’s arcades and gaming, while short at only 2 hours the first chapter to this story has been fantastic so far with my favorite “classic gaming” segments of the game being the 2D shmup stage and the 3D dungeon crawler\turn based RPG stage.
Forza Horizon 4 while not having as amazing of an opening as it’s predecessor is still really good in its own right and with the recently released Lego DLC there is more to do than ever. I am having a lot of fun in my Lego Ferarri F40 (not pictured) while listening to the “Radio Awesome” station EVERYTHING IS AWESOME. ­čÖé

Recent acquisitions

Collecting, Nintendo

I recently picked up both Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze (Funky Mode) and Shantae 1/2 Genie Hero Ultimate Edition (Includes the OST) for the Nintendo Switch!

No time to play either yet but looking forward to getting into these two in the future, in the short term I may get the HD remakes of Kingdom Hearts for the PS4 ahead of Kingdom Hearts III’s release.

 

February, March and April…

Amiibo, Classic Gaming, Classic Gaming Videos, Collecting, Disney Infinity, Figures, Game Music, Nintendo, Pokemon, Sony, Totaku

My last post to the blog was on January 1st so while I have been busily posting to both Instagram and Twitter it is quite clear that I have been negligent of my blogging duties.

And while the blog posts have been slow the goings-on in the background have not been with a new server being setup and configured for the audio stream, please feel free to let me know via my social media accounts if you would like to hear a particular games music as I generally just play random 8/16-bit stuff or if I am digging something particular that gets put on heavy rotation for awhile.

In addition to that I have been making slow plans to develop out a podcast as the mic purchase below shows, the delay will be a bit longer as my co-host prepares to move over the course of the next month. In addition to this we may also start providing streams of game play though the podcast will be my personal priority.

On to the acquisition pictures below with descriptions included as needed.

The most recent Nintendo toys from McDonald’s, this batch was one of my least favorite with some being almost pointless from a “toy” standpoint and others being downright creepy looking.

The above is the latest batch of Pokemon toys from McDonald’s, a pretty solid group of toys and much much better than the Nintendo offering.

I finally managed to snag some Nintendo Cereal with the amiibo functionality, we actually picked up 4 boxes with one going to my mom and another to be used for a micro amiibo cereal custom!

3 of the 6 Japan exclusive Monster Hunter amiibo, I plan to grab the other 3 and the Boxy Boy amiibo that were exclusive to the country to complete the entire set of current amiibo.

Family game night with Gamer Edition Monopoly!

Some extra figures for the above Monopoly set.

Detective Pikachu amiibo next to Bowser for a size comparison, quite the large amiibo!

Kirby Star Allies and a proper Kirby plushy that matches the theme, I am currently about a quarter ways through the game and have enjoyed it quite a bit so far.

The Japan exclusive Super Mario Odyssey soundtrack, fantastic in every way as this is possibly the best Nintendo soundtrack ever. This has me much more interested in these Japanese soundtracks and my plans are to grab the recently released BOTW and Splatoon 2 OST’s.

While at one of the Disney World resorts I found a Wreck it Ralph penny machine at the Arcade, not a huge fan of “penny smashers” but considering the theme I had to get one of each.

Some updated pictures of my two Ikea Detolf cabinets and acrylic risers, while they mostly contain amiibo the newer cabinet also includes my limited Disney Infinity collection and the new Totaku Figures.

A couple of classic GameBoy pickups!

Amazon had this on sale for dirt cheap, it had recently been out of print with prices going way up at the time so it made sense to grab what many consider to be the best game in the series at a low price with the latest re-print.

I finally hung up the Nintendo NYC exclusive Zelda 3D art cell prints, eventually I will grab the missing few.

The new Yeti mic sounds amazing in tests, it should provide a solid base for the podcast.

A random shot from my latest gaming obsession, Forza Horizon 3. I grabbed the digitally recently and being able to play it on my PC or Xbox One S on the same cloud save is a great user experience.

The recent launch of Totaku figures has been interesting, I  am missing the Bloodborne Hunter figure but was lucky to get the figures I have so far due to this being a Gamestop exclusive line and so far having a very limited release run.

The line is neither video game or Sony exclusive as the Sea of Thieves figure above and the announced Blue Eyes White Dragon figure show, that said past the initial window I will restrict purchases to just the game franchises I care about.

I pulled my original M.U.S.C.L.E. figures down from the closet and thought it would be fun to start sharing pictures of them on social media, a bit of digging shown that there is still a following online for these old things.

After years of looking for one in the wild I finally picked up the Black Sports Dreamcast model from my local gaming shop, it is dirty but in great shape!

A Classic 1991 Ultimate (fat) Sonic figure that was released by Tomy through GameStop, my favorite Sonic variety and the base holds swappable hands, faces and items such as rings and a chili dog!

I asked my brother in law to do a custom Sanic rock painting and he delivered in epic fashion! Those googly eyes!!

New LED lights for my second display cabinet, while these are not very bright it does add some much needed light to the display when you are in the mood to show the figures off.

I spent some time a few weeks ago cleaning up the panel and screen/glass of my old Fighters History arcade cabinet and recorded some random auto play footage just for kicks. Under the inch of dust is an old arcade monitor that still looks great though a rebuild and mild degauss are in order.